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Social calendar for 2008-2009


20 Vino Las Vegas benefits Tampa Theatre; 7-8:30 p.m. Premium wine tasting; $85 in advance, $95 day of event; 8-10 p.m. Grand wine tasting, $50 in advance, $60 day of event; 274-8981.

25 Photo MoJo auction benefits Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County; 6:30 p.m.; Neiman Marcus; $50 in advance; $60 at the door; 221-2222.

25 The Art of Giving inaugural Human Relations Award dinner benefits American Jewish Committee; 6 p.m. A La Carte Pavilion; $250; (941) 365-4955.

25 Jules Burt Glam Ball benefits Young Survival Coalition and Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation; 7 p.m.; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel; $75 in advance, $95 at the door; 541-3248 or

25 12th annual Diamonds & Denim Gala benefits South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation; 7 p.m.; Strawberry Festival Expo Hall, Plant City; $50; 757-1277.

25 Festival of Fashions celebrity model fashion show benefits Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Centers (HARC); sponsored by Georgette's of Hyde Park; silent auction, 10 a.m.; luncheon at noon; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $75; 273-6364.

26 Endless Summer cocktail auction party benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Yacht Club; $175; 249-2111.

27 11th annual All That Glitters wine tasting auction benefits MacDonald Training Center; 7-10 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $75; (VIP $100 at 6 p.m.); 870-1300, ext. 283.


2 Ducks Unlimited dinner and auction benefits wildlife conservation; 5:30 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $65 and up; 251-0961.

3 USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy luncheon; guest speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin; 11:30 a.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $150; 974-9535.

3 Dessert First dinner and auction benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; 7 p.m.; Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. Petersburg; $100; 262-1792.

3 Evening of art history, wine and hors d'oeuvres hosted by Alliance Français of Tampa; 7-10 p.m.; Atelier at the Sanctuary Loft, 502 E Ross St., Tampa; $7 for members, $12.50 nonmembers; (813) 632-9627 or

6 I Will Survive fashion show benefits the Spring of Tampa Bay; 10:45 a.m.; Renaissance Hotel International Plaza; $75 and up; 247-5433, ext. 325.

10 Fur Ball benefits Big Cat Rescue 6:30 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $150; 889-7244.

11 Broadway Ball, Rat Pack Live at the Sands, benefits the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; 6 p.m.; Morsani Hall; $600 and up; 222-1037.

11 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Gala honors Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff to benefit MOSI YES team; 7 p.m.; Museum of Science and Industry; $100, individual; $175 per couple, 987-6077.

11 Sixth annual Hearts of Fire Gala benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association; creative black tie; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $250; (727) 712-8200.

15 Key to the Cure kick-off party benefits women's reproductive cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center; 5:30- 8:30 p.m.; Saks Fifth Avenue donates 2 percent of sales; $75; 745-4860.

17 Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market patrons party for donors of $1,000 and up; 7 p.m.; Alysia Ekizian residence; 254-1734.

18 Night of the Iguana tasting, casino and auction benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation; 6:30 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $85; 288-2600.

20 Silhouettes of Style Fashion Show benefits Tampa Bay Hotel Preservation Partnership and the Chiselers; 11 a.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa, $85; 837-6449.

23 Ophelia Project and Boys Initiative annual dinner; guest speaker Michael Gurian; 6 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $75; 574-6927.

23 Tampa Bay Lightning Champions Dinner with players, wives and coaches to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center and the Lightning Foundation; 6:30 p.m., patrons; 7:30 p.m. general; St. Pete Times Forum; $200 and up; 301-6590.

29 Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts awards gala; VIP 6 p.m., $200 and up; main event 7 p.m., $85; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; 221-ARTS (2787).

30 VIVO Halloween party benefits the Florida Orchestra; 7 to 9 p.m.; Westshore Yacht Club private Tower Club; $35, members; $40, guests; RSVP to renate@thetampaclub or 229-6028, ext. 307.

31 11th annual NautiNight costume bash benefits Florida Aquarium; 21 and older; 8 p.m.; at the aquarium; $50 advance, $65 at the door, $45 members; 273-4568.


1 The Art of Food and Wine, the New Pavilion at Sky Point benefits Tampa Museum of Art; 6:30 p.m.; $600 and up; 7 p.m. preparty and 9:30 p.m. admission, $250; 259-1718.

1 A Totally Electric Prom, dinner and dancing to benefit MAD Theatre of Tampa; 7 p.m.; Quorum Hotel, 700 N West Shore Blvd.; $45 in advance or two for $80; $55 at the door; 386-6173.

7 Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Gala annual Cesar Gonzmart Award honors Rene Gonzalez; 6:30 p.m.; Columbia Restaurant; $100 or $185 a couple; black and white attire requested; 248-3712, ext. 22.

8 Rock the Cradle, 18th annual Starlight Ball benefits Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University Community Hospital Women's Center; 6:30 p.m.; Renaissance Hotel; $250 and up; 615-7663.

8 Fashionistas' fashion show by Kit's featuring Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters to benefit Focus on Females Healthcare Symposium; 5 p.m.; Hyde Park Village includes wining and dining; reservations required; $175; 250-1253.

8 22nd annual Zoofari sampling benefits Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo; 7 p.m.; $75 online in advance, $80 by phone in advance, $85 at the door; or 935-8552, ext. 276.

9 Cruising to a Cure luncheon benefits Children's Cancer Research Group at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital; 10 a.m.; aboard MS Vandeem; Port of Tampa Cruise Terminal 3; $65; 872-0979.

9 Faces of Courage Foundation high tea fashion show; 2 p.m.; the Ritz in Ybor City; $55; 877-2267.

9 Island Night at Jackson Bistro benefits LifePath Hospice; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $100; 877-2200.

12 15th annual Salvation Army Tree of Lights Breakfast; 7:30 a.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $60; 226-0055, ext. 260.

12 VIVO Red Decor "Evening of Art, Architecture & Music" benefits the Florida Orchestra; 6 p.m.; Red Decor Interiors, 5701 E Hillsborough Ave.; $30, members; $35, guests; 229-6028, ext. 307, or renate@thetampaclub.

18 National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon sponsored by Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); 11:30 a.m.; Higgins Hall; $50; (727) 523-4166.

12 Boys & Girls Club 27th annual Steak Dinner honors Busch Gardens; 6:30 p.m.; Busch Gardens Desert Grill; $300; 769-7536.

15 Fourth annual Victory Ball benefits USF Suncoast Alzheimer's & Gerontology Center; 6:30 p.m. Tampa Airport Marriott; $125; 974-4355.

26 Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Debutante Ball; Marriott Waterside, invitation only.

28 Krewe of Venus Debutante Ball; Hilton Carillon; invitation only.


6 Red Cross Angels Gingerbread House champagne reception, 10:30 a.m.; University of Tampa Plant Hall; $75; 348-4820, ext. 880.

6 H.B. Plant Museum Society Victorian Stroll party; 7 p.m.; University of Tampa; $75; 258-7302.

6 St. Andrew's Society Feast of the Haggis; 7 p.m.; Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club; invitation only; price to be advised; 368-5336.

11 Georgette's of Hyde Park Celebrity Holiday fashion show benefits St. Joseph's Women's Hospital; 10 a.m.; fashion show at noon; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $60; 254-1141.

12 Home is Where the Heart Is; the Davis Islands holiday home stroll benefits Kids Charity of Tampa Bay; 7 p.m.; $150; 263-3469.

31 Aqua Eve celebration benefits Florida Aquarium; downtown chic attire; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; at the aquarium, $80 until Dec. 9; $90 until Dec. 23; $100 after that; 273-4568.


8 18th annual Night at the Circus benefits Tampa General Hospital Foundation; 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; 844-7273.

10 Masquerade Ball III "Puttin' On The Ritz" benefits Stageworks Theatre; 6:30 p.m.; the Ritz in Ybor City; $150; 784-6832.

10 Krewe of Venus Coronation Ball; 6:30 p.m.; India Cultural Center; invitation only; 289-9310.

17 Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Coronation Ball; A La Carte Pavilion; invitation only; 248-3088.

25 Ebony Fashion Fair benefits Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Auxiliary Rites of Passage; 5 p.m.; Tampa Theatre; $35; 629-4488.

30 VIVO Pink Floyd party supports the Florida Orchestra; preconcert mixer, 5:30 p.m. at Villa Finca Miramar on Snell Isle; 8 p.m. concert at Mahaffey Theatre; party and concert $55, members; $60 guests; 229-6028, ext. 307, or


7 Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Invasion, daylong parade and parties along Bayshore Boulevard.

8 Annual President's Dinner benefits Tampa Jewish Federation; 6:30 p.m.; $125; A La Carte Pavilion; 264-900.

12 Second annual Roses in Winter gala benefits Byrd Alzheimer's Institute; 6:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $200; 319-4127.

14 Soiree a la Monet benefits Tampa Garden Center; 6:30 p.m.; at the garden center; price to be announced; 251-5059.

14 Valentine's Day dinner and dancing benefits Pepin Heart Hospital and K.C. Patel Research Institute; 6 p.m.; $200; 615-7663.

14 Sojourn to Spain, dinner and auction benefits WEDU; 6 p.m.; Belleview Biltmore Resort, Clearwater; $200; 254-9338, ext. 2241.

15 Glitz & Sticks celebrity casino benefits Tampa General Hospital and Tampa Bay Lightning foundations; 6 p.m., patrons; 7 p.m.; general; St. Pete Times Forum; $250 and up; 301-6590.

21 Taste of Tampa Bay benefits A Gift of Life; 7 p.m.; Lowry Park Zoo Safari Lodge; $85 advance; $95 at the door; 541-3248.

21 Einstein on Wine tasting benefits Museum of Science and Industry; 6-9 p.m.; $60, members; $70, nonmembers; $80 at the door; 987-6077.

21 Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Coronation Ball; 8 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center; invitation only.

22 Oscar Night America — Tampa Bay annual Academy Awards ceremony party benefits Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St.; 6-7:30 p.m. VIP reception; 6-8 p.m. Red Carpet Festivities; 8 p.m. live telecast $130 for VIP; $30 general admission; 274-5507.

26 Opera Tampa League's Gala, inaugural Anton Coppola award to soprano Renata Scotto; cocktails on Ferguson Hall stage, 5:30 p.m. 27 Pre-opera cocktail reception, post-performance dinner with cast on Morsani stage; $225 for both; $175 for Feb. 27 only; 222-1275 or

28 Florida Holocaust Museum to Life, to Courage and Compassion dinner benefits Florida Holocaust Museum; guest speaker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; 6:30 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $225; (727) 820-0100, ext. 242.


6 DeBartolo Family Foundation sixth annual All-Star Charity Gala featuring Paul Anka; 6:30 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $300; 964-8302.

6 Andrea's Sip for Life benefits Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute; 7 p.m.; Tampa Bay History Center; price to be announced; www.columbia

7 16th annual Stepping Out gala benefits St. Joseph's Hospitals; 6:30 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $250; 872-0979.

7 Cattle Barons' Ball benefits American Cancer Society; 7 p.m.; Tampa Port Authority Cruise Terminal 6; 319-5904.

10 Fashion Funds the Cure benefits Pediatric Cancer Foundation; 6 p.m. Saks Fifth Avenue; $100; 269-0955.

12 Celebrity Dancing Tampa Bay benefits the Spring of Tampa Bay; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; patrons party, 6:30 p.m.; competition 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $25 and up; 247-5433, ext 325, or

13 Chiselers' Market Preview Party and Auction; 7-9 p.m.; University of Tampa Plant Hall; $50; 289-0985.

21 Tampa Bay Heart Ball; black-tie dinner benefits the American Heart Association; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $500 and up; (727) 563-8112.

24 Women of Distinction, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida; guest speaker Lee Woodruff; noon; A La Carte Pavilion; $75; 262-1792.

24 Boys & Girls Club annual New York Yankees Luncheon; 11:30 a.m.; Tampa Convention Center; $300; 769-7536.

25 Friends of Plant Park GreenFest luncheon; 11:30 a.m.; Tampa Yacht Club; $60;

28 Starry Nights gala benefits Mental Health Care Foundation; 7:30 p.m.; Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club; price to be advised; 272-2878, ext. 230.

28 Imagination Gala benefits Glazer Children's Museum; 6:30 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $250; or 277-3199.


3 Jelly Bean Ball benefits Easter Seals; 7 p.m. interactive chef stations; $200; 988-7633 for location.

4 Best of Tampa Bay benefits Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.; price to be advised; 222-1037.

4 Friends of Joshua House Foundation dinner; 7 p.m.; South Tampa home of Lea and Richard Beard; $500; 263-3469.

18 Karamu, 21st annual black-tie gala benefits Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo; 6:30 p.m.; $275 and up; 935-8552, ext 235.

22 Wheels of Success R.A.C.E. luncheon; 11:30 a.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $50; 490-9443.

23 Judeo-Christian Health Clinic Testimonial Dinner; 6 p.m.; Higgins Hall; $95; 870-3231.

25 16th annual Magnolia Ball benefits Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute; 5:30 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $8,500 table of eight; 745-1403.

25 Sea Grapes wine tasting benefits the Florida Aquarium; VIP, $150 includes early entry to the aquarium at 6 p.m.; general admission, $85; 273-4568.


1 Silverspoons & Sandcastle's XVIII benefits Mayor's Beautification Program; 7-11 p.m.; Tampa Port Authority Cruise Terminal 3; $85; 221-8733.

6 Go Red For Women luncheon benefits the American Heart Association; 11 a.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $125; (727) 563- 8110.

9 Tampa General Hospital Foundation 12th annual Moments in Time gala, 7:30 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; $250 and up; 844-7273.

16 10th annual Storybook Ball, Lasso the Moon, benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $300; 258-6430.


6 Night in Havana gala benefits American Red Cross; 7 p.m.; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay; ticket price to be announced; 348-4820, ext. 880.

21 Tampa Bay Rays Wives Father's Day Fashion Show; 6:30 p.m.; Nordstrom's International Plaza; $100; (727) 896-6390.

27 13th annual Celebrating Faces of Hope award banquet to benefit Tampa Bay Academy of Hope; 5 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion, $100; 277-0464.

28 Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women's Gourmet Gents Culinary Fanfare; 2 p.m.; Higgins Hall; 671-9884.


A La Carte

Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive

Busch Gardens Desert Grill, 10001 N McKinley Drive

Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive

Higgins Hall, 5225 N Himes Ave.

Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 N Tampa St.

Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave.

Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave.

Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, 601 S MacDill Ave.

TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St.

Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd.

Ritz in Ybor City, 1503 E Seventh Ave.; 247-2555

St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive

Tampa Bay History Center, 801 St. Pete Times Drive

Tampa Convention Center, 333

S Franklin St.

Tampa Garden Center; 2629 Bayshore Blvd.; 251-5059

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place

Westshore Yacht Club; 6001 S West Shore Blvd.

Tampa Yacht and Country Club, 5320 Interbay Blvd.

University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd.

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